Progression and Readmission
The following requirements must be met in order for the student to progress satisfactorily through the RN-MSN program.Evidence of valid, unencumbered (no limitations or sanctions) license to practice as a Registered Nurse. Students who have graduated from an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma program but are not yet licensed as a Registered Nurse must obtain R.N. licensure prior to enrollment in a practicum course in order to remain in the program.
- Evidence of valid, unencumbered (no limitations or sanctions) license to practice as a Registered Nurse. Students who have graduated from an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma program but are not yet licensed as a Registered Nurse must obtain R.N. licensure prior to enrollment in a practicum course in order to remain in the program. Students may not progress beyond the first semester of “bridge” upper division nursing courses if a valid, unencumbered R.N. license has not been obtained.
- Students must hold a current R.N. license in the state or country in which they complete a practicum or internship (clinical practice). Practica / Internships sites must have prior written approval by the Division of Nursing.
- Prior to enrollment in a practicum /internship course, the following are required: Current, valid Registered Nurse licensure (without limitations or sanctions) in the state or country in which they plan to complete internship hours; Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation certification (Health Care Provider Level); evidence of health insurance; a criminal background check and toxicology (drug) screen (if required) by the internship facility, at the student's expense; professional liability insurance with a minimum of $1 million individual/$3million aggregate coverage; one current passport or driver’s license type photo; and current health record with documentation of immunizations.
- Successful completion of the Critical Writing, Reading, and Thinking Examination (CWRTE) by the end of the first semester of Nursing Bridge courses (NSG 303, 311, 307). Students who do not pass the CWRTE will be required to complete a college-level Reading course (REA 111) in order to continue in the nursing program.
- All remaining undergraduate core curriculum coursework required for graduation from Thomas University may be completed prior to or during enrollment in the RN-MSN program.
- Students are required to obtain a grade of no less than "B" in all required graduate level nursing courses (500 or 600 level). If a student obtains a grade of less than "B" in a required graduate nursing course, the student may not continue in the RN-MSN program. A student must request re-admission by submitting a written action plan to the Division of Nursing Chair that includes a plan of action designed to promote the student’s success if re-admitted. The Division Chair will review the student’s file and written plan of action to determine whether the student will be re-admitted. Re-admission is not automatic. If the student is re-admitted he/she must repeat the course for an acceptable grade. A second grade of less than "B" will result in exclusion from the RN-MSN program. The student will be eligible to take other courses not requiring the course in which the student received an unacceptable grade as a prerequisite. The student may also opt to apply to the RN-BSN degree program. Any previously completed coursework that meets the requirements of the RN-BSN degree will be applied toward the RN-BSN degree. All requirements for the RN-BSN degree must be met.
- A student’s continued enrollment in the Nursing Program is based on physical as well as emotional health. If the student demonstrates evidence of a physical or emotional illness, the student may be referred to an appropriate resource. If, in the opinion of the faculty, the student’s illness impairs ability to implement nursing responsibilities safely, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program until the student can resolve the situation. Reinstatement will be considered on an individual basis by the Division Chair.
- Each student is expected to demonstrate behaviors that support and contribute to a positive professional learning environment in the classroom, university, and community in congruence with the mission and philosophy of the university and nursing program. In accordance with the policies of Thomas University, the Nursing Division Chair, upon recommendation of the nursing faculty, reserves the right to dismiss a student whose scholarly (e.g. cheating, plagiarism) or professional conduct, scholastic standing, or violation of the state nursing practice regulations make it inadvisable to retain the student in the program.